You could have the most perfect smile in the world, care for it by brushing and flossing religiously, see your dentist every six months without fail, and still end up sustaining damage to your teeth through no fault on your own. Perhaps you bit down on something, and broke a tooth that you didn’t realize was already a bit cracked. Or you played in your office softball tournament, and was hit in the mouth by a ball. Now you have jagged edges that are making it difficult or impossible to chew, and making your tongue bleed. What are you going to do?
There are various solutions available for damaged teeth. However, if more than two-thirds of the tooth has been damaged, there is no way around it – if you want to save the tooth, you are going to need a dental crown.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a full restoration, meaning that it covers the entire tooth. It restores function to the tooth, and protects the underlying structure. Usually, dental crowns are made from porcelain, since it is very strong and in appearance most like a natural tooth.
Sometimes, other materials are used to make crowns. For instance, if a child’s baby tooth has deep cavities, a dentist will often use a chrome cobalt dental crown so that the teeth will last a few more years, until the permanent teeth come in. These crowns are not overly attractive, being made of metal alloy, so dentists are reluctant to use them on front teeth. However, they do very nicely for back teeth where they are not visible.
Another type of dental crown is the BruxZir® Solid Zirconia. This is used when a material stronger than porcelain is needed, such as in cases where malocclusion can be causing a patient to bite down hard or grind their teeth. As you can tell from the name, these crowns are made from the diamond-like material, Zirconia. Now, does that mean that you are going to have a sparkly smile? No. BruxZir Solid Zirconia crowns are colored to match your natural teeth.
When you visit Dr. Doug or Dr. Dax to have a crown made, the first course of action will be to use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth. Then, your dentist will remove any decay, and take an impression of the tooth. The impression is then delivered to a lab, where a master ceramist makes the crown. When it comes back from the lab, the dentist does a few more adjustments, checks the color, and then cements it in place.
Because crowns look completely natural, no one will be able to tell the difference between crowns and your natural teeth. Also, since they are not organic, crowns will not decay. Keep in mind, however, that you still have to brush, floss, and get regular checkups. This is simply because bad oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, and if that happens, your crowns could fail. And of course, unless you have a full set of crowns, you still have to think about the rest of your teeth. Other than that, the only things that can harm your crowns are the issues that caused you to need them in the first place.
Martin Dentistry is located at 1310 East Swain Road, Suite 2, Stockton, CA 95210. You can reach us by calling 209-951-4251. Or, if you prefer to arrange an appointment online, just use the convenient form on our Contact Us page. We will be happy to meet with you and talk about your options for dental crowns or other restorative dentistry procedures.